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Rev. Gyomay M. Kubose, after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Philosophy, went to Japan to study under his teacher Rev. Haya Akegarasu. He also trained in a Zen monastery and attended Otani University. In 1944, he founded the Buddhist Temple of Chicago and later, the American Buddhist Association. During his active life of over 60 years as a minister, Rev. Kubose has provided spiritual light and warmth to many people. Click for more about Rev. Gyomay M. Kubose
Rev. Haya Akegarasu was a dynamic and revolutionary individual, and his influence is lasting in the world of Buddhism and thought. He was born in 1877 at Myotatsuji Temple in Ishikawa-ken, Japan. At the age of 23, after graduating from the Shinshu College in Kyoto, he went to Tokyo to join his teacher Reverend Kiyozawa. Although he was an outstanding scholar, he believed that Buddhism was meant to be lived and breathed, and it was in this spirit that he trained his students. Click for more about Rev. Haya Akegarasu.

Rev. Koyo S. Kubose, after receiving a Ph.D. in psychology and teaching at various universities, went to study Buddhism in Japan. He studied Shin Buddhism at the Eastern Buddhist Society at Otani University. He also did meditation practice under Zen masters Uchiyama Kosho of the Soto tradition and Kobori Nanrei of the Rinzai tradition. Upon his return to the US in 1977, Rev. Koyo worked with his father, the Venerable Rev. Gyomay Kubose, a pioneer in the Americanization of Buddhism. From 1983 - 1995, Rev. Koyo served as a minister at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, which his father established in 1944. Currently, Rev. Koyo is president of BRIGHT DAWN: Institute for American Buddhism, which he established in 1996 to carry on his father's lifework. On April 4, 1998, Rev. Gyomay Kubose officially transmitted his spiritual authority to Rev. Koyo Kubose. Click for more about Rev. Koyo S. Kubose